India win 1st ODI by 6 wickets
KOCHI, India - Darren Bravo carried the batting with a well played half century but India’s spinners made sporadic inroads as West Indies lost by six wickets in the first One Day International (ODI) here on Thursday.
Bravo led a fight back with a top score of 59 from 77 deliveries however Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina shared six wickets as West Indies were bowled out for 211.
Rohit Sharma (72) and Virat Kohli (86) then coasted to easy half centuries as the visitors reached 212 for four to take a one-nil lead in the three-match series.
West Indies: 211 All Out (48.5 Overs). Darren Bravo 59, Johnson Charles 42, Lendl Simmons 29, Dwayne Bravo 28, Marlon Samuels 28; Mohammed Shami 6-0-28-1, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-37-3, Suresh Raina 10-1-34-3, Ravi Ashwin 9.5-0-42-2.
India: 212/4 (36 Overs). Virat Kohli 86, Rohit Sharma 72, Yuvraj Singh 16*, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 13*; Jason Holder 8-0-48-2, Ravi Rampaul 8-0-39-1, Sunil Narine 10-1-57-1, Lendl Simmons 3-0-14-0.
India won by 6 wickets (Series; India 1-0 West Indies)
The West Indies innings began in drama when Chris Gayle was run out for zero off the second ball of the match.
Gayle dabbed the delivery towards the non-striker and called straightaway for a risky single but Bhuvneshwar Kumar sprinted to his right and threw down the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Gayle short.
As Gayle tried to make his ground, he took a tumble and injured his hamstring that is likely to keep him out for up to four weeks.
The foundation to West Indies total was constructed on two half century partnerships as they attempted to recover from the loss of Gayle in the first over
The first was a 65 run second wicket stand between opener Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels, most of those runs coming in the first ten overs before spin was introduced.
Charles smashed seven fours and a six in a knock of 42 before he tried to whip a delivery to the leg side and got a leading edge towards Ravindra Jadeja, who dived full length to his left to pull off a one-handed blinder.
A few balls later, Marlon Samuels was beaten by a delivery from Suresh Raina which kept low and hit the base of his middle stump after he had scored 24 which included two fours and a six.
Bravo continued to spearhead the Windies counter attack, manoeuvering the strike around in company of Lendl Simmons - both adding 65 for the fourth wicket - while being severe on anything that was pitched up.
Twice, Bravo hit flighted deliveries from Jadeja into the stands but, like Samuels, was dismissed by one that stayed low from Mohammed Shami during the Powerplay.
His dismissal after a responsible knock highlighted by four fours and two sixes, signaled the end of resistance from West Indies.
Simmons was bowled by Raina for 29 as the last seven Wickets tumbled for the addition of 69 runs.
C Gayle run out (Kumar) 0
J Charles+ c & b Jadeja 42
Marlon Samuels b Raina 24
Darren Bravo b Mohammed Shami 59
L Simmons LBW b Raina 29
N Deonarine b Raina 4
Dwayne Bravo* st Dhoni b Jadeja 24
D Sammy c Kumar b Jadeja 5
J Holder not out 16
S Narine c & b Ashwin 0
R Rampaul c Dhawan b Ashwin 1
Extras: (lb1, w6) 7
Total: 211 All Out (48.5 overs)
Fall of wickets 1-0 (Gayle), 2-65 (Charles), 3-77 (Samuels), 4-142 (Simmons), 5-152 (Deonarine), 6-183 (DM Bravo), 7-187 (Dwayne Bravo), 8-204 (Sammy), 9-206 (Narine), 10-211 (Rampaul).
Bowling: Kumar 5-0-26-0, Unadkat 6-0-39-0, Shami 6-0-28-1, Jadeja 10-0-37-3, Raina 10-1-34-3, Ashwin 9.5-0-42-2, Sharma 2-0-4-0.
R Sharma c Simmons b Rampaul 72
S Dhawan c Charles b Holder 5
V Kohli c Narine b Holder 86
Yuvraj Singh not out 16
S Raina c Holder b Narine 0
MS Dhoni*+ not out 13
Extras: (b5, w15) 20
Total: 212/4 (35.2 Overs)
Did Not Bat: R Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, J Unadkat
Fall of Wickets: 1-17 (Dhawan), 2-150 (Sharma), 3-192 (Kohli), 4-194 (Raina)
Bowling: Rampaul 8-0-39-1, Holder 8-0-48-2, Sammy 2-0-14-0, Narine 10-1-57-1, Deonarine 2-0-15-0, Simmons 3-0-14-0, Bravo 2.2-0-20-0
Result: India won by 6 Wickets
Series: India lead the 3-Match Series 1-0
Player of the Match: V Kohli (India)
Umpires: V Kulkarni and R Tucker (Australia)
TV Umpire: A Chaudhary
Match Referee: D Boon (Australia)
Reserve Umpire: P Jayapal